If you have ever driven downtown or come back from the international trade bridge during the day, I'm pretty sure you have seen trains block traffic for as long as an hour sometimes. It was a topic of discussion at tonight’s city council meeting. James Johnson has more, James.
Kansas city southern is in hot water with city leaders because of the fact their train’s block intersections across the city causing serious safety problems around town.
We've all seen it, a train sitting on the track blocking the intersections along Scott and San Bernardo. It's an issue the city has been working to fix for years. According to witnesses the train will sit on the track for up to 45 minutes to an hour at a time causing a very dangerous situation.
[cg:newsuper\raul salinas\laredo mayor] 38:37:24 I’ve seen kids crawling under the train, cars will go around the gates, but most importantly you see people going under the railroad and that’s really dangerous. 39:01:12 I’m not going to wait around until somebody gets hurt.
According to mayor Salinas he's received several calls to his office about the train and the problems it creates. Aside from the safety aspect the train prevents people trying to make it to work, go downtown, and run errands. The fact the train sits there for as long as it does is a clear violation of Texas Transportation Codes.
[cg:newsuper\raul salinas\laredo mayor] 40:12:11 we want to be good partners, I don't want to fight but Im not going to stand here and do nothing.
Standup 50:02:21 according to city leaders this has been going on for sometime and hope after meeting with corporate things will get done
[cg:newsuper\raul salinas\laredo mayor] 41:06:04 the train sits there and there's no excuse 41:19:12 I think constructive dialog is what we need to bring resolution to this issue.
Now I asked the mayor about how this affects the outlet mall project downtown and he says the train is already affecting business downtown... And he wants to see this issues resolved sooner then later. For KGNS, I'm James Johnson.